The Iredell Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to announce that the sign-up period for the Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP) is underway. AgWRAP is a new state cost-share program that received $1 Million in non-recurring funding through State Appropriations for FY2011-2012.
AgWRAP will offer cost-share assistance for practices that increase water quantity for agricultural use. Approved practices include:
Agricultural pond restoration / repair
Pond sediment removal
All of the applications received will be ranked locally.
To be eligible for the program, applicants will be responsible for proving their agricultural status. The state has identified the following 3 methods applicants may use to verify this status:
A copy of the farm owner or operator’s federal tax Schedule F (form 1040) or an equivalent form for the most recent tax year showing the owner or operator’s profit or loss from farming
A copy of the farm sales tax exemption certificate issued to the farm owner or operator by the Department of Revenue
A copy of the plan for forestland actively engaged in the commercial growing of trees under a sound management plan as defined in G.S. 105-277.2(6)
Iredell SWCD is currently holding an open sign-up for AgWRAP. If you are interested in participating in the program or would like additional information, please contact the Iredell SWCD at 704-873-6761, ext. 3, or stop by our office located at 444 Bristol Drive.